Gervais & Associates announces new hire
Gervais & Associates announces that Rachel A. Bell, certified public accountant, has joined the firm.
Bell is an accounting professional with 11 years of experience, seven of those in public accounting. She has extensive experience in financial reporting, analysis and preparation of individual and business tax returns. After working for several years in the Denver area, Bell has been back in Durango since 2007.
She obtained her degree in mathematics from Fort Lewis College and her masters degree in accounting at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has been a licensed CPA since May 2007.
Gervais and Associates serves businesses and individuals with income tax advisory and preparation services.
For more information, call 385-1002 or visit www.gervaiscpas.com.
Bear Smart Durango receives grants
Bear Smart Durango has been awarded a $500 grant from La Plata Electric Association Round Up, allowing for the completion of a life-size mount of a black bear cub killed in 2010 by a vehicle near Bodo Industrial Park and donated by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
This award matches previous funding in the amount of $500 from the Foundation for the Protection of Animals. The donations go toward the $1,000 cost of taxidermy, provided by Wildlife Expressions. The cub mount will be used for educational purposes.
In addition, the organization was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Ballantine Family Fund for the purposes of early-morning bear and trash monitoring and reporting, data compilation and monthly and year-end bear activity reports and summaries, which are distributed throughout the bear season to city and county policymakers and elected officials.
For more information, visit www.bearsmartdurango.org.
Bayfield chamber seeks sponsors for rides
The Bayfield Chamber of Commerce Keep it Local Christmas Campaign will hold Christmas caroling with horse/mule-drawn wagon rides at 6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until Dec. 23.
The wagon rides are provided by Coopers Wagon and Sleigh Rides.
Participants will go on an old-fashioned Christmas caroling wagon ride around Bayfield.
Local businesses are invited to sponsor the wagon rides. Trips will last about 25-30 minutes. The wagons will load at 6 p.m. and every 30 minutes until everyone has had the opportunity to ride. Wagon rides and refreshments will be free to the public.
Money raised will be used to defray the costs of the rides, promotional efforts and materials, with any excess going to the local chamber of commerce or local nonprofit groups.
For more information, call 884-7372.
Pet photos with Santa to be held Dec. 3
Creature Comforts will host Pet Photos with Santa from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Creature Comforts, located in the Centennial Center.
Food and drinks will be available, and all participants will receive a goodie bag. All proceeds will benefit the La Plata County Humane Society.
For more information, call 247-2748.
Charity-giving seminar to be held Dec. 14
The Community Foundation and Wells Fargo will present To Give or Not to Give, an In-Depth Discussion of Giving Odd Assets to Charity from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14 in Program Room 2 of the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.
Participants will examine the top 10 odd gifts and discuss the tax, legal and practical issues of giving and accepting odd assets.
The cost is $30, which includes the seminar and lunch. Two continuing-education credits for CPAs and attorneys are available.
To RSVP by Dec. 9, mail a check payable to the Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1673, Durango, CO 81302.
For more information, call 375-5807.